Doing all three for Jesus.
What does Grow, Glow, and Go mean?
First, these are not separate stages in our walk with Christ. They all happen at the same time. As women, we are quite familiar with multitasking, so we shouldn’t have any problem with this 🙂
“Grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ. To Him be glory both now and for ever. Amen.” 2 Peter 3:18
First, you must get saved (that’s another blog) but after getting saved you have to GROW! It’s called sanctification. There are a few different parts to sanctification, but the one I’m talking about is the life long process of being made to look like Christ.
But what does this look like? Daily bible reading, studying the Bible, memorizing it, praying, and serving.
Our light is Christ, “In him was life; and the life was the light of men” John 1:4, and we need to let Him shine in us!
God tell us in Philippians 4:15 that “in the midst of a crooked perverse nation…ye shine as lights in the world.”
“Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and glorify your Father which is in Heaven.” Matthew 5:16
This has been a favorite verse of mine for years and actually, I used it initially to combat pride in my heart. My husband thought I was crazy at ﬁrst, but the truth is anytime I felt owed a recognition, applause, even a thank you for something I had done, I would say this verse. It reminded me of why I serve and do “good works”.
The purpose of my works was not for my vain glory, but for the glory of my Father in Heaven.
Also, I want to point out that this verse clearly states we must be doing something. It does not say “Let your light so shine before men that they may see you sitting there doing nothing!” Nope. It says we have to be working! And how are we to work?
Colossians 3:23 answers this! “And whatsoever ye do, do it heartily, as tot he Lord, and not unto men:”
God tells us in James that we show our faith by our works and that faith without works is dead. Faith is obedience and if we are obeying we are doing something, which brings me to….
So many verses I could put here, but I will only put one. It’s blunt, it’s simple, and it ends with a period, not a question mark, like so many want to put there!
“Go ye into all the world and preach the Gospel to every creature.” Mark 16:15
Then there is the promise at the end of
Matthew 28:20…and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world.
But look at Isaiah 6:8-10
Also I heard the voice of the Lord, saying, Whom shall I send, and who will go for us? Then said I, Here am I; send me.
And he said, Go, and tell this people, Hear ye indeed, but understand not; and see ye indeed, but perceive not.
Make the heart of this people fat, and make their ears heavy, and shut their eyes; lest they see with their eyes, and hear with their ears, and understand with their heart, and convert, and be healed.
Notice who Isaiah has just agreed to go to! Do you ever feel that way! I do! Sometimes people just don’t get it and other times, they don’t want to! Just recently when we were door knocking this lady actually said, “I don’t want to go to hell, but I don’t have time
right now to hear about Jesus.” I was so shocked! Yet, the burden of our hearts compels us to continually, time after time, lovingly call them to Christ. But it hurts! I have often asked the Lord, how long, oh, how long before they will give you the glory you deserve? I pray
it will be before they have no choice but to bow with every one else. But!!!! We have another promise and it is something that brings great joy to my heart.
Psalms 126:5&6 He that goeth forth and weepeth, bearing precious seed, shall doubtless come again with rejoicing, bringing his sheaves with him.
There you have it! With God’s blessing this blog will help me, and you, to Grow, Glow, and Go!
Our family just spent nine months in Bowie, Texas at BBTI–Baptist Bible Translators Institute–preparing to go to Thailand as missionaries. We have had an amazing time. At times, class has been like drinking water from a fire house. There is no way you can take in all the information you are given! One of those “classes” was Jungle Camp.
Essentially, Jungle Camp is when we camp in the back yard of BBTI. Now, growing up, my definition of camping was riding in my grandparent’s motor home, visiting all kinds of cool places, lots of swimming, and my granddaddy’s delicious biscuits. That is not what happens here! From the beginning of school, we heard that you could only eat what you found or killed, make your own shelter, and all kinds of crazy rumors.
Note to self: Do not listen to children!
Needless to say, we were not excited about this part of BBTI. We may, or may not, have been like the Israelites; grumblers and complainers. At some point, we realized our heart was wrong and we needed to let the Lord work. Our prayer became, “Lord, please let me be controlled by Your Spirit, not by my flesh.” Thankfully, He is gracious and mercifully!
First thing on Monday morning, we set up a tent. There is no need for me to tell you how long that took, but thanks to Bro. Schnell, it did get up! Next, was class time. We were each given a small box of matches and asked to start a fire using only one. One! At this point, my flesh was really trying to take over. I prayed, and one box of matches later, we had a fire! This seemed to be the pattern for the week. I would think, “How am I going to do this?” and God would say, “I am.” Eventually, I got the point!
By the end of the week, I could start a fire without a match, our team had floated on a raft across the “river”, made a shelter (that we did not have to sleep in), found edible plants for a salad, collected water and purified it, and all kinds of other things. We have a confidence now in our head knowledge of surviving the wilderness, but more importantly, we have a new found confidence in our Lord to sustain us!
Hi! My name is Rachael and I am a child of God. I was saved from sin and all its bondage at the age of 21.